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Comment: Get a truly programmable one (Score 1) 305

by gweihir (#48895763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Make sure the configuration is stored in the mouse itself. Most mice do it in the driver and that does not work with other OSes. For example, the Sharkoon Fireglider and Darkglider mice store config in the mouse and hence work the same under Windows, Linux, etc. I have put the middle button on the thumb button permanently this way.

Comment: Re:its worth remembering that terrorism is effecti (Score 2, Insightful) 89

by gweihir (#48895743) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

That is a losing strategy for the US administration. A population in fear is a great thing from an incompetent government (as they all are): People in fear are not rational anymore and look to somebody "strong" to "protect" them. If they actually where effective against terrorism (impossible), drugs (impossible), etc. they might be facing uncomfortable questions about real problems. This way, they can pretend there is some kind of state of war and everybody needs to support them.

This strategy if "governing" is really old and was perfected in the 3rd Reich. Of course it makes a country far more vulnerable to internal and external threats and hence is completely and utterly morally corrupt.

Comment: Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 5, Insightful) 89

by gweihir (#48895723) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

And to give the appearance of "doing something" in a situation where realistically, nothing can be done. It is very important for governments to always give the appearance to be in control and that they know what they are doing, even when any halfway smart person knows neither is true most of the time.

Comment: Re:What about ISA? (Score 1) 185

by gweihir (#48890657) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Indeed. "Simple and works" beats "shiny and new" every time in competently done engineering.

I think part of this "throw it away because it is old" mindset is from people that do not understand that many things are a mature and fine solution for a specific problem-set. This seems to be a mixture of incompetence and a misguided belief in perpetual advancement in all things electronic.

Comment: Re:predator (Score 1) 354

by gweihir (#48890549) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

That is why the weak have no business being out and about unprotected. The simple matter of the fact is that it is not possible to identify and contain even a majority of all predators. Not at all. Ignore reality and you get hurt. I do agree that morally things should be different, but they are not and cannot be made so.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.